The governor-elect in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has lauded Lagosians for making an enlightened choice in Saturday’s governorship poll, which he won.
Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress said he knew that Lagosians “would choose courage over fear and select cooperation over confrontation.”
He said this on Monday after being declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday.
Sanwo-Olu polled 739,445 votes to defeat his main challenger, Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party, who got 206,141 votes.
The governor-elect said by electing him, Lagosians had decided that they would continue to take the path of progress that started in 1999.
He said, “This election signaled more than a vote for me or any other candidate. It was a vote, a referendum on how a state and its people would define themselves. Would we be courageous and confident enough to seek our greater place in the world? Or would we turn so scared that we spend the greater number of hours fighting each other?
“We were confident that you would choose courage over fear and select cooperation over confrontation. You made this enlightened choice in resounding and clear numbers.”
Sanwo-Olu said with electioneering over, political actors must sheathe their swords so that the air could be cleared “of those things that might pollute and soil our politics if we allow them to linger.”
He said, “There were things said during this campaign that should not have been said; and tactics employed that were short-sighted and potentially disruptive to the social accord and harmony of purpose we have enjoyed in Lagos.
“Those who tried to use ethnicity to bring discord in hopes that such tactics might bring them victory have been disappointed. The election is over. I ask them to desist from this unwise conduct.”